Tyaskin, MD — John S. Devlin Jr., 70, of Tyaskin, Md., passed away suddenly on June 15, 2014. Born April 4, 1944, in Englewood, N.J., he was the son of the late Angela P. Hammond and Johns S. Devlin Sr.
John enlisted during the Vietnam War and served in the Navy Submarine Service. The rest of his life he spent working as a microwave engineer and microwave technical sales representative. He most recently ran his own business JSD Technical Sales. He thoroughly enjoyed his work and all the friends he made in the industry over the years.
John embraced life, was insistent on celebrating the good things and moving past any challenge with a positive outlook. He loved all of his family dearly, was there for any family member and friend in need, and enjoyed every moment he spent with his dear granddaughter, Addison, who referred to him as "Pop-Pop." He loved to talk politics and enjoyed a lively debate, and he was passionate about his love for his country. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and friend. He enjoyed a good joke, hunting, fishing, gardening, NASCAR, the New England Patriots, and bringing back to life the lovely old home he shared with his wife in Tyaskin. Using his woodworking knowledge and skills, he was able to do the majority of the home renovation himself. John was indeed a skilled craftsman. He embraced a tough crossword puzzle challenge and completed at least two a day to keep his mind sharp.
He was loved by many and will be missed by all that knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, April Devlin of Tyaskin; his son, Shane Devlin; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Hawley; and granddaughter, Addison Devlin of Nanticoke, Md. Extended family includes his sister, Margaret Duchemin and partner, John McGrath; nephew, Brian and his wife, Sarah Duchemin of West Newbury, Md.; and niece, Sara and her husband, Mike, of Fryberg, Maine. John was also extraordinarily close to his wife’s parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of John’s life will be held on Friday, June 20, at 12 p.m., at the private residence of Robyn and Morgan White. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the West Side Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 85, Bivalve, MD 21814.
Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. www.hollowayfh.com.